Pinotage wins great gold at Catavinum 2017

The maiden vintage of Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage  has won South Africa’s only great gold at the 2017 Catavinum World Wine & Spirit Competition held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in February.  The wine was judged along side 3,480  wines from 28 countries.   Catavinum awards great gold status to wines scoring between 95 and 100.

Alvi’s Drift received a further 5 gold medals making them South Africa’s most awarded exhibitor at the this years competition.

The 2013 Verreaux Pinotage is the newly released flagship of Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar, a progressive and innovative cellar based in  the Scherpenheuwel ward of Worcester in the Western Cape.  Taking its name from the low water bridge (The Drift) built by the current owners grandfather in 1928, Alvi’s Drift has been a  consistent performer in domestic and international competitions.

“We were thrilled to win 5 gold medals, but to win great gold with our first vintage of Verreaux was more that we had hoped for.” said Alvi’s Drift winemaker, Dr Alvi van der Merwe.  “Pinotage has always been one of our specialities,  this is an ideal debut for our new flagship wine”.

2017 Catavinum

Gold Medal awards received were:

White Wines

  • Albertus Viljoen Chenin Blanc 2015
  • Alvi’s Drift Reserve CVC 2015 – Blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay


Red Wines

  • Alvi’s Drift Drift Fusion 2012- Cape Blend
  • Alvi’s Drift Drift Fusion 2013 – Cape Blend
  • Albertus Viljoen Bismarck 2013 – Shiraz blend

Alvi’s Drift is one of the fastest growing brands in the South African wine market and currently exports to 15 countries across Europe,  North America, Asia, Australia and Africa.

The Verreaux Pinotage is made in small quantities and has limited distribution, however, it is available at good speciality wine stores or directly from the farm.

Download Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage Tasting Notes 


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